Legal Costs

At your first consultation, we will discuss our professional fees and other legal costs with you.   If the legal task is clear and measurable, we will give you a written estimate.   This is often possible when buying and selling property, drafting wills or enduring powers of attorney and dealing with estates.

Sometimes, we may not be able to give you a precise fee quote at the start as the extent of the work involved may not yet be clear.   We may need to spend time considering your particular situation, researching the relevant law, gathering information, drafting documents and letters, corresponding and negotiating with other solicitors and dealing with state agencies and the Courts.  It may not be possible to anticipate early on how much time our work will take or how things will progress.

We will advise you of the different factors which will affect your legal costs and we may quote you an hourly rate for our professional fees.    We may need to engage expert witnesses and counsel on your behalf.   If so, we will tell you.   Where possible, we will indicate likely minimum and maximum costs.  We may seek a payment from you at the outset on account of costs.

We will confirm to you in writing the information we have given you on legal costs.  We will keep you advised of any changes as matters progress.

Please note that professional legal fees are subject to VAT @ 23% of the fee.

Please note that in contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.